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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Taws \Taws\, n. [See Taw to beat.] A leather lash, or other instrument of punishment, used by a schoolmaster. [Written also tawes, tawis, and tawse.] [Scot.] [1913 Webster] Never use the taws when a gloom can do the turn. --Ramsay. [1913 Webster]